This week's prayer suggestions

In this week leading up to Bible Sunday...

Lord, we thank you:

  • for the gift of your Word. We thank you for lives changed through the centuries as people have come to know you, the Living Word.
  • for your gifts of compassion, kindness, love, humility, gentleness and patience. We ask that we would clothe ourselves with these gifts that others may be blessed by them.
  • for your gift of forgiveness. Help us to let go of bitterness and resentment, and to forgive as you have offered forgiveness to us.
  • for your gift of Jesus, the living Word. We pray that as we read the Bible and allow your Word into our hearts, you may dwell richly in us through your Spirit.

So we pray that we may have opportunities to share your Word with those in our community and with those around the world that your kingdom may grow here on earth. And whatever we do, in word or deed, may we do it in your name, Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit, giving thanks to God our Father. Amen.


[Adapted from material produced for Bible Society by for Bible Sunday 2014]


The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.